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Rico Sauvin - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 21
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
An India Pale Ale featuring Nelson Sauvin hops. Named after the Sauvignon Blanc grape, is a variety of hop developed and grown in New Zealand. It has a strong fruity flavor and aroma that is described as resembling white wine, or fresh crushed grapes or gooseberries. Some reviewers of this hop perceive the fruitiness as being very tropical with descriptions including passion fruit, tangerines, and grapefruit. These hops are organic and are about 4 times as expensive as our normal American varieties.

(Beer added by: kaips1 on 09-09-2012)
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Reviews by joeseppy:
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an apricot color with floaties. My chalice looks like a snow globe. Quick snappy bone white froth that will recede in no time.

Big, and I'm not using the word lightly, big on tangerine, orange, melon and then morphing into the realm of tartness of crushed white grapes. A real treat to excite the olfactories. Lips of Faith Le Terroir comes to mind.

Drinking this I get the sense of grapefruit bits and pith. Mild bitterness, hop slickness and pine oil. Light side of malt and then the next sip seems syrupy. Alcohol plays big then the next sip it wanes. Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me and no I'm not smoking a cigar with this. Tart attributes are present and welcomed.

Mouthfeel toward heavy. Creamy with moderate sweetness. Fruit does weigh heavier than the hop. Finishes wet and satiating.

Well I'm glad I got two of these. This first one has me all over the place. Do I dig it or not. Well the second one I will definitely start my session with. This has to be sat with instead of cuurushed. Don't get a lot of AtG here and another surprise to see on the shelf and quite frankly who can resist. Note it comes with a heavy price tag that one would expect to get their minds blown away by and that did not happen with me. I just love trying brewers new endeavors and this does not disappoint. Never had a Gooseberry, please send me some.

joeseppy, Apr 12, 2014
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev -1%

tectactoe, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at When Pigs Fly.
In a snifter the beer was an amber color with a small tan head. There was a good deal of lace.

Aroma OK, but a little muted. Citrus and caramel.

Taste a little more assertive. Lots of citrus: grapefruit, lime, tangerine. Caramel malt background.

This was a real hop-forward beer, with big grapefruit taste.

I enjoyed it.

lordofthewiens, Mar 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

aquazr1, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

jtladner, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

mtpHokie, Dec 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

kevwcamp, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

Iparedman, Jul 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Jun 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

ipc2000, Jun 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Sammy, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into Unibroue Tulip

A- Hazy orange-copper color with short white head and lacing that chunks as it settles.
S - Wow, the smell is awesome. White grapes, grass, slight pine.
T - Grassy hops taste with almost woody-grape vine taste (the Nelson Sauvin Hops).
M- Smooth with good amount of carbination without being too much. Goes down smooth and drink able
O- I'm digging the Nelson Sauvin hops. A good mix of slight pineyness but the white wine finish. Overall a good offering.

PBRmeasap1980, Jun 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

beefnbarley, Aug 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

woodchip, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

jburns301, Jul 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

PretzelCity, Jul 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

hooliganlife, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

jmccraney, May 29, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

8.2 % ABV ...

Pours gold/bronze with much effervescence, plus 2+ fingers of pearl white head. Great lacing & good head retention, big floaties at the bottom of the bottle (4.0)
S: Pineapples, grapefruit & a little bit pear & pine (4.25)

T: Pineapple, grapefruit, mangos, slight mineral hoppyness & some bready & pear notes up front. Pears, white grape, grapefruit & pineapple, plus dryness as this warms. Finishes dry, fruity & with plenty of pineapple (4.25)

MF: Medium bodied, delicate carbonation, great balance (4.25)

Drinks easy, belies its ABV, good but pretty pricey though (4.25)

russpowell, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

gr8zehaman, Mar 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Dethmetl, Sep 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

Renegawam, Oct 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

larryarms847, Mar 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

tweezer159, Jul 30, 2014
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Rico Sauvin from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
91 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.